I’m sure everyone at this point has seen all the coverage regarding the protests by Hispanics around the country against the effects to stem the tide of illegal immigration. In all of this, you have the media refusing to call a duck a duck. Everywhere you are seeing the term undocumented worker. There is also a large call for immigrant rights in regards to these undocumented workers. I’m going to take a bit of time here to try and clear the fog of euphemism surrounding all of this and try to put things in a bit of a starker light.
Let’s start with the term undocumented worker in our little discussion today. The people in question are undocumented in the sense that they do not have legal Social Security Cards. I freely admit that in a technical sense, this is true. However, it obfuscates the actual base matter here. Each of these undocumented workers is undocumented because of the very simple fact that they are in this country illegally. In some way or another, they came into the country without going through the legally mandated immigration system in clear violation of United States law. For their own reasons, the media and proponents of immigrant rights don’t want to refer to them at illegal immigrants. After all if you refer to them as illegal immigrants, then your admitting that they’re doing something wrong. In admitting that they’re doing something wrong, you’re then casting the question out in front of everyone of why they should be allowed any rights or privileges within this country when they’re here in clear violation of the laws of this country. So if you give them the term of undocumented workers, you’re setting them up to be something less troubling. After all, you simply need to get them some documentation to make everything okay, right? Get them just a few pesky little documents, and you’re back on the main path and ready to run. If you actually call them illegal immigrants (or the even less PC term: illegal alien), then you’re in a stickier situation. If someone is doing something illegal, then they should be prosecuted and have the force of law brought against them. That is what this country was founded on, yes? The Rule of Law? Unfortunate, I can almost see the blank stare that I’d get bringing up that point in a random room.
So in the last week, we’ve had massive protests in cities around the country, from Los Angeles, California, to Smithfield, North Carolina. You’ve had massive crowds of Hispanics and their supporters marching through the streets waving Mexican flags and claiming that they have just as much right to be here as anyone else. I freely admit in a number of those cases, they probably do given the simple fact that they entered the country through the legally established channels for immigrating. For many of them, however, this is not the case. They came across the border in some fashion that eluded detection by the Border Patrol and are now here without the sanction of the United States government (but the full support of the Mexican government). Now their supporters are clamoring for these illegal immigrants to be given their rights. I hate to break it to them, then, but their rights are nowhere near as expansive as they and their supporters want people to believe. They want to be given the rights of full citizens of this country. They want to be able to vote, to legally take advantage of public education, public welfare, and other tax supported services. Every time I hear this, I come back to a rather simple argument: they’re not here legally, therefore they do not get access to those services and privileges. Period. End of story. I understand there are those that feel differently and feel that the laws limiting immigration should be lifted or heavily modified. Great! Talk to your Representatives and Senators and get them to push through the changes. Until that point, however, it remains illegal and the legality of the situation should be enforced.
At the end of the day, I have no issues with immigration. Those who come to this country legally, I gladly welcome to this country and appreciate their contributions. Those who come here illegally and leach off the system are a different story. Marching in the streets and claiming that they have a justified claim to rights in this country does not change the truth of the matter. If they sneak into the country, they’re here in clear violation of the law. They’ve come into this country and they’re opting to do so on the shady side of the tracks, therefore they should accept that they will not have access to things that legal immigrants or natural born citizens do, and they should fully expect to be sent home or otherwise punished when they’re caught. To think otherwise is pollyanna-ish daydreaming at best and idiotic hubris at worst. Simply because they get outraged that people want the laws enforced and the border secured doesn’t change the fact that they’re in the wrong.
Yes, I understand and agree that the above doesn’t even begin addressing the economic implications of rounding up all illegal immigrants in the country and sending them back from whence they came. My intent here was to sweep away some of the euphemistic obfuscation on the situation before proceeding further down the path. This is an issue that will become a flashpoint over the coming months, especially as we head into the Mid-Term elections. You have the Democrats that are historically tied to minority rights and you have the Republicans that are trumpeting the Border Security call as part of the War on Terror. Therefore, I’m sure that I’ll be speaking on this again in the future. Just simply don’t expect me to use the term undocumented worker or claim that they have a substantive basis to their claim for immigrant rights.